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Beef Kofta Curry

  • Author: Michelle Minnaar
  • Prep Time: 25 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Total Time: 1 hours 25 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x


Transform this simple minced beef recipe into an Indian kofta curry! It’s easy to prepare and makes for a fragrant, comforting dinner. Try it!


  • 30ml (2 tbsp) sunflower oil
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed
  • 15ml (1 tbsp) ground coriander
  • 15ml (1 tbsp) ground cumin
  • 10ml (2 tsp) ground turmeric
  • 10ml (2 tsp) garam masala
  • 2.5ml (1/2 tsp) cayenne pepper
  • 2.5cm (1in) fresh ginger, peeled and finely minced
  • 2 red chillies, washed, deseeded and finely chopped
  • 700g (1 1/2lb) beef mince
  • 45ml (3 tbsp) fresh coriander, washed and chopped 400g (1 can) coconut milk 30ml (2 tbsp) tomato puree
  • 250ml (1 cup) beef stock
  • 6 cloves
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 8 green cardamom pods, crushed


  1. Heat the oil in a large saucepan and fry the onion and garlic until softened and lightly browned. Add the ground coriander, cumin, turmeric, masala, pepper, ginger and chillies and cook for 5 minutes.
  2. Scrape half the mixture into a bowl and add the minced beef and fresh coriander. Mix well.
  3. When cool enough to handle, shape the koftas into walnut-sized balls. Set aside.
  4. Add the tomato puree, stock and coconut milk to the remaining mixture in the pan.
  5. Bruise the cloves, cinnamon and cardamom pods and add to the curry.
  6. Bring to the boil then add the meatballs.
  7. Simmer gently for 45 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the sauce is well reduced and thickened. Divide between 4 plates and garnish with fresh coriander sprigs. Serve with steamed basmati rice and chopped fresh coriander.


  • As tempting as it may be, refrain from adding salt to the curry. The stock and spices make it plenty flavourful.
  • If you like your curry on the mild side, adjust the quantity of chilli used.
  • No egg is needed to bind the meat.
  • Category: Curry
  • Method: Braise
  • Cuisine: Indian

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